Friday, August 28, 2009

Boozing for Brita..sorry, England

The BBC has a problem accepting that "health" is no more a national question in the devolved UK, yet:
English holidaymakers are turning to drink on their breaks with the average adult consuming eight alcoholic drinks a day, a survey suggests.

That equates to 80 drinks over the course of the average holiday, or well over 200 units of alcohol.

More than a quarter said they ended up drinking three times more than normal
These kind of "health surveys" are normally based on very shaky methodology anyway (ie the BBC has a quiet news day and asks its resident doc to do a calculation about some headline-grabbing *concern* on the back of an envelope)so why then limit it to "English" holiday makers? Though I suppose it is possible the N.Irish, Scottish and Welsh stick to the pineapple juice when they hit the beach...


Chekov said...

Eight! The lightweight English.

Actually that only holds good for Northern Ireland trips. The missus would throw a fit if I had the record on one of our 'calmer' holidays.

O'Neill said...

"Actually that only holds good for Northern Ireland trips."

Huh, make that 8 and a bottle of Bush before breakfast:)

Four max (daily obviously!)if I'm on holiday with the better half as she relies on my map-reading, translation skills....also means I can keep better control of the credit card in high risk situations (eg anywhere within 100 metres of a clothes shop;))

Wyrdtimes said...

We're English when we sin but Brishit when we're sinned against. Take all the recent stories about appalling healthcare standards - all examples come from England - the NHS they're talking about is the English NHS but no mention of "England" whatsoever.

O'Neill said...

"Brishit"? Doesn't make much sense insulting someone's nationality when they've just written a post largely agreeing with your point. Or was it just a careless typing error caused by a lunchtime pint?!

Anonymous said...

Well said. I´ve been in places where the barman automatically keeps binging the drinks if he sees things are running low. But if you put a beermat on top of your glass, he will know you don´t want any more. That system worked perfectly well.